Super Supplements Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Once was a wonderful Company....not so much since Vitamin Shoppe takeover.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As Super Supplements a ton of pros: free products, vendor training, Super Start (a training that introduces new employees to culture of Super Supplements). These perks no longer exist under Vitamin Shoppe leadership.

    Cons

    Vendor and corporate training has been cut. The outstanding Super Supplement learning and development program drastically cut and/or non existent. The culture of family type operation is gone since Vitamin Shoppe took over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jim Sweeney had wonderful vision for this company, but since Vitamin Shoppe has come in everything has changed. Vitamin Shoppe wanted Super Supplements because of how successful their business model was, it was based on employee education and superior customer service. If they want to be successful they must return to this type of business otherwise they will continue to lose all their best assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great idea, good people, all ruined by corporate buy-outs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Super Supplements full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    What Super Supplements does- or used to do, anyway- is educate. They invested a great deal of time and effort into educating their staff, so their staff could educate their customers. This allowed us to help people, as in, *really* help people, every day. It made what could have been just another retail job into something rewarding and fulfilling. It *was* a great place to work.

    Cons

    And then Vitamin Shoppe bought the company and it has been downhill ever since. All the focus has shifted from improving the lives of our customers to making as much money off them as possible. We used to talk about people; now we only talk about numbers. We used to talk about how to invest in our employees; now we have endless memos about how to prevent employee theft, mandatory bag checks every single time we walk out the door, and they even go so far as to outline pat-downs if you're wearing a coat. I guess if you're into the soulless corporate sales game, and enjoy working for a company who will hire just about anyone because they are going to treat all their employees like potential criminals, instead of members of a team, it's great. But if you want to feel like a human being working with other human beings, I'd look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on the numbers and more on the people. When you are honestly invested in your customers and your employees, the numbers will sort themselves out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Liked a lot about the company and great people.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Training events were awesome, people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    Store was very busy and small, tough to help everyone when we were busy which was 90 percent of the time.
    Bought by Vitamin Shoppe who I have worked for. Vitamin Shoppe was not a good company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. OK at Best

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Supplements

    Pros

    Not many. Occasional access to free products, decent location.

    Cons

    No windows in E-Comerce office. Management did not communicate well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees. Do not hide sensitive information...

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    "WAS" a good place to work, until the buyout

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Product knowledge on natural remedies

    Cons

    I wouldn't think twice about working here again. After the buyout the entire atmosphere changed. Lost quarterly bonuses, lost free product trials, lost product training incentives and last but not least, cut in sick time/ Paid time off.
    More corporate minded now that its owned by Vitamin Shoppe. Don't expect much here now!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe learn how to take charge of your own actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, paid training's, f/t hours, decent wage.

    Cons

    Management displayed excessive favoritism by allowing certain employee's to not pull their own weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep better tabs on management and staff by spending time in the store on a more regular basis. Take employee concerns more seriously. Talk to employee's on a regular basis and ask them if they are satisfied with their work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Poorly trained managers who are ineffective

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training about supplements by vendors, discount when buying products, some great co-workers, helping customers solve their issues.

    Cons

    The sale to Vitamin Shoppe resulted in more of a corporate rigid feel. Benefits with Vitamin Shoppe resulted in greatly reduced alternative medical care coverage, plus some of my practitioners wouldn't deal with the new insurance company! That's what happens when the share holders are more important than the employees! So much for walking the talk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers better. Have them get HR involved when employees have complaints. Ask the sales associates periodically how their managers are doing, so you can deal with problems of ineffective managers., or when managers just don't deal with things. Get rid of the lazy employees so that the good ones just don't leave out of frustration. Check back in with employees who have been injured on the job, and may have lingering or aggravated issues and make sure to properly accommodate them. Update your sales associate job description to include may have to work 2 weeks a month removing product from the shelves, dusting product, cleaning shelves, and putting product back- not everyone wants to do that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Look Elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My peers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I would get into the cons, but I know there'll be some lame rebuttal from the company explaining how I'm wrong, my opinion is skewed, what a good company they are to work for and that they're all about their employees - so I won't even bother.

    I will at least state that if you want to work for a place that's smaller and independently owned and operated, this isn't the place for you. It's corporate. It's corporate in every sense of the word and with all of the garbage and politics that go along with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount, vendor trainings are well done, that is about it.

    Cons

    George Town office poorly run by people who have no clue how retail works. Extremely poor upper management. HR does not take complaints seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding behind your catch phrase "assume positive intent" and start holding people at the home office as accountable as the management on the front lines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company going through constant change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Supplements full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are Good people to work with
    They offer Competitive pay
    They have Good benefits as well as
    Fair working conditions

    Cons

    Recently purchased by larger national vitamin company and quickly losing its identity and culture. Bonuses, morale and overall feel of the company has changed. New policies make the environment restrictive and overly corporate in a place that has seen success through trust and a personal approach to people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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